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According to Bloomberg, Toyota has been ordered by Texas Judge T. John Ward no to destroy any of its crash data, and research projects related to product liability or crashworthiness. The temporary restraining order, which is in effect until after a October 7 hearing (at which it will be determine if the order should be extended), stems from allegations from former Toyota lawyer Dimitrios Biller that the Japanese automaker withheld evidence in over 300 rollover lawsuits. Ward wrote of his decision "The court finds an immediate threat of irreparable harm in that, under the allegations, a threat exists that evidence material to this case would be destroyed or altered."
As is typical of most companies being sued for what could amount to hundreds of millions of dollars, Toyota isn't commenting for the most part. Toyota spokesman Mike Michels only says that the company feels it acted appropriately in the lawsuits. While Biller's suit is big in its own right, there is a lot at stake if the former Toyota attorney wins the suit. Lawyers are already looking to reopen cases which were previously settled or rejected for lack of evidence. Dallas area lawyer Todd Tracey has asked Ward to reopen several cases which were either settled or rejected, and there are likely other lawyers and injury victims lining up to do the same.

[Source: Bloomberg]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Toyota just is getting man-handled lately.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Att : Joe - You commented maybe people will start seeing Toyota for what it is ... incase you haven't noticed but many people already do and that is the company is undeniably amoung the finest car makers in the world.

      While i agree Toyota has had an increase in faults in recent years of which i reserve litttle or no-doubt that they will ensure these problems will not happen again ... the overwhelming majority of their vehicles remain amoung the highest quality, most reliable, dependable and durable that can be purchased from any car manufactuer in the world today.

      Not only is this common knowledge in the industry but Toyota (particularly Lexus) consistantly and constantly rank amoung the highest scoring car makers in each and every Quality / Customer Satisfaction Survey published wether it be in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa or right here in Australia.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Bloke - I wasn't talking about you, you twit. I was talking about Shane and "the boy from oz". They are the same person.
        • 5 Years Ago
        To the guys in Australia - remember, the anti-Toyota BS is only a consistent hot topic among insecure, American males.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Steveo - fair dinkum fella, you are killing me

        Judging by the shear corporate incompetance of GM, they obviously haven't seen the light for a very long time ... HA, HA, HA !!

        • 5 Years Ago
        OH GOOD GOD stop with the Toyota worship PLEASE!!!

        The drone of your beating drum is driving people crazy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        do you even remember what light looks like with the wool pulled that far over your eyes?!?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Daleum - er, I'm not Australian. And thankfully, unlike you I am not born in a country where we get jealous of others who happen to be more successful than we are. That's the ONLY reason you Americans rant on about Toyota - because nobody else does.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nice trick there changing your name, shane. It's as if you think you can hide behind a false persona and pretend like another person is supporting you. WTF! Looks to me like a certain Australian male is the one who is insecure.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Will the mainstream press gloss over this as well?
        • 5 Years Ago
        You can count on it. Can't say anything nasty about Toyota, oh hell no!
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Will the mainstream press gloss over this as well?"

        You really do post some of the most short-sighted comments of anyone on here. Why would the American press bother going to town about the fortunes of a Japanese company? Think about it. Seriously, think about it. That's why the American press are quick to criticise the American Big Three - because they have far more of a vested interested in the US economy and the fortunes of many American people.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Yup, its time for Toyota to be held accountable. Same with Honda on the airbag issue. They have been able to sneak by the PR nightmares for a while because everyone was focusing on the issues with the Big 3, and even (often BS) issues with other Japanese and some German automakers. Yet, the problems from those brands have been either financial, or the actual car-related ones that rarely, if ever, were such blatant safety issues.

      I find the "unintended acceleration" thing funny though. It is now known that the whole Audi 5000 scam was just a result of the close pedal placement, a VW/Audi signature. That was the type of thing that turned people away from the German brands to brands like Toyota in the late 80's/early 90's.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I spell blood in the water, just like there was with the Firestone tire issue on the Explorers, which Ford took the brunt of, at least on the PR side. This is going to hurt Toyota, big time. Maybe people will start to see Toyota for what it really is.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yikes. This is a tough spot to be in.
      Scariest line in the post (if your Toyota):
      "Lawyers are already looking to reopen cases which were previously settled or rejected for lack of evidence."
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah that's especially scary since they actually have to be legally responsible for the products they've made.
        I suppose they could always just file for bankruptcy and leave people in the lurch like Chrysler and GM though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Every automaker is the same. However, Toyota has held themselves up as this holier than though corporation that makes greener than green cars that never ever ever break down. THAT is why people hate on Toyota. They have proved themselves to be hypocrites. They lobbied against CAFE. They clearly hid evidence. Their hybrid system was most likely stolen from another inventor. It was funded with Japanese government dollars. Their cars have had quality issues...even Consumer Reports downgraded the Camry. They are no different than anyone else..except they constructed this holier than though image which does not match up with reality. Hyundai builds "great cars too." I would argue they build BETTER cars now. Toyota was hell bent on becoming number one and it has cost them.
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